Excitement levels are always high in a world cup year. Teams being announced for the event only adds to the excitement. 15 players were selected to represent team England in the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. The European nation is set to play three warm-up games against New Zealand prior to the official warm-up games of the ICC event.
The England team will be led by the inspirational Heather Knight. English cricket fans will be thrilled to know that the supremely talented Alice Capsey has been named to the squad. The 18-year-old suffered a broken collarbone during the tour to West Indies in December. She seems to have recovered fully from the unfortunate injury and will have her sights set on performing well at the big event.
Katie Cross has also found a place in the squad. She wasn’t in the team that faced West Indies and won all the five T20Is they played. Issy Wong and Dani Gibson are the two travelling reserves named.
“It’s an honor for me to lead a team into a World Cup…” – Head Coach Jon Lewis on the England team
Jon Lewis was the fast bowling coach of the England men’s cricket team before taking up the role of head coach of the women’s cricket team. The 47-year-old said that it is an honour for him to be leading a side to a world cup. He also emphasized the fact that the team has a lot of talent.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 6, 2023
Head Coach Jon Lewis said: “It’s always exciting to name a World Cup squad, and there’s a great deal of talent in this group. We saw a lot of good things in the West Indies, a lot of progress around shifting our mindset as a team, and I’m excited to see how we take that into to the challenge of a global tournament.”
He also hoped that Capsey is fit enough when the tournament begins. Lewis praised her for working hard with the medical staff to regain fitness.
“We hope Alice is fit enough, she’s worked incredibly hard alongside the medical staff to get to this point and we’ll give her every chance, but as we saw in the Caribbean the depth of talent and skill in the squad is growing fast and winning tournaments is about everyone collectively embracing the moment and enjoying the journey. It’s an honor for me to lead a team into a World Cup and I know that we will be giving it everything we have got, not only to show everyone who we are as a team and how we want to play, but also to keep inspiring people to play the game we all love so much,” he said.
England squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup:
Heather Knight (C), Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt
Travelling Reserves: Issy Wong, Dani Gibson